The San Francisco Wind Ensemble is a wind ensemble at the professional level, comprised of some of the leading musicians in the Bay Area. The mission of this unique ensemble is to bring world-class performances of the finest wind ensemble repertoire to audiences in the Bay Area communities and beyond. Repertoire selections cover the wide range of musical styles and genres that this relatively young medium has to offer, reaching from fascinating contemporary sounds, to familiar wind band classics.
In addition to its annual concert series, the ensemble strives to offer a variety of community engagement activities, arts education services, and collaborations, providing such performances at little to no cost to local student musicians. Further goals include collaborations with composers to support their ambitious, innovative musical visions.
As we embark on this new musical journey, we hope that you choose to support our efforts by attending future concerts and possibly making any donation you deem appropriate. A very sincere Thank You from the SFWE for any contributions made at this time. Your support will not be forgotten, and is greatly appreciated. It is with our own Bay Area community that we begin this labor of love, creating a rare and exciting medium for artistic expression.
We hope that you share our enthusiasm for the future of this ensemble and our community.
In early 2012, Artistic Director Martin Seggelke set out on a daunting task: to create a professional-level wind ensemble on the West Coast. After months of careful research and recruitment among the Bay Area's finest musicians, a fully instrumented, 50-member San Francisco Wind Ensemble first convened in October 2012 for the first concert of its inaugural season of four concerts.
In the short time since, the San Francisco Wind Ensemble has developed an ever-expanding reputation for providing top-notch performances of both classic and seldom-heard wind ensemble literature. As noted by the Classical Voice, "The SFWE struck gold, won me over, and convinced me that (they are) a very valuable addition to the Bay Area's musical landscape."
Past season highlights and honors include:
- Performing as the featured guest ensemble at the 2014 California Music Educators Association Conference in Fresno, California
- Recording its first album at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, with Grammy Award-winning music producer and engineer Leslie Ann Jones (to be released in 2015)
- Invitation to be the opening guest ensemble at the 2015 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California
- Performing with guest conductor Mark Scatterday of the Eastman Wind Ensemble